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2012 Green Team: Sustainable Milwaukee

Sustainability is a word familiar to most Riverwest residents.  Whether it’s installing a rain barrel, better roof insulation or solar panels, recycling to the max, buying locally whenever possible, or even keeping bees, our neighbors likely are at the top of their game when it comes to living in Earth-friendly ways.  But that’s on a neighborhood level.  Is it possible for the city of Milwaukee as a whole to take up the sustainability challenge?

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Buses: Lean & Green

Buses: Lean, Green Transportation Machines

by Peggy Schulz

Public transportation, by virtue of the number of riders in each vehicle, always has been “greener” than individual drivers relying solely on automobiles for their transportation needs.

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Transition Milwaukee

by Erik Lindberg

Transition Milwaukee is the local branch of Transition USA, which works closely with the Transition Network, a UK-based organization that started it all. To learn more, visit transitionmilwaukee.ning.com, or attend one of the many events announced on the website. –Ed.

When people think about environ-mentalism or the green movement, many picture wind turbines and solar panels, hybrid cars and canvas shopping bags. Sustainability means changing your light bulbs to CFLs, buying products advertised as biodegradable or organic, paper instead of plastic, and separating recyclables. 

You may shop at farmers markets and encourage legislation for high-speed rail. You probably lower your heat, insulate your house and bundle errands to limit driving. 

You “lower your carbon footprint” while listening hopefully to promises of clean-burning natural gas, ethanol-fueled cars, carbon-dioxide free nuclear, and new sources of oil.